May 2017


SANGU DELLE ELECTED DIRECTOR OF PRESTIGIOUS HARVARD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Future of Ghana 2017 Judge and Alumni Sangu Delle was last week elected Director of the influential Harvard University Alumi Association to serve a three year tern. A true trailblzaer Sangu initially had received a full scholarship to study at Harvard in 2005. Since then he has gone on to establish the Investment holding Advisory company, Golden Palm Investments and co-found the NGO Cleanacwa to improve Water and Sanitation in Ghana as well as being an author and TED Global fellow. It was the achievements amongst others which led to his selection as a Future of Ghana 2016 pioneer.

Upon his election as Director Sangu released the following statement via social media

When I was 5 years old, I discovered “Harvard University” from a booklet that was sent to my father from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I asked him what a university was and he replied “where you go to get smart.” I asked “whats Harvard?” and my father said, with his eyebrows raised, “Ohhh, that’s where you go to get REALLY smart.”

In my naivety, I wrote a letter to Harvard’s President at the time, Neil Rudenstein, saying “Dear Headmaster of Harvard, my father says this is where you go to get really smart. I’m smart but I want to get really smart, so when can I start?” To my greatest surprise, he wrote back and sent me materials on Harvard, but gently explained they don’t accept 5 year olds .

I continued to correspond with Harvard via letters from Ghana through President Larry Summers. Harvard was never about its rankings or reputation. For me it was that place where I would “get really smart.” It held a special place in my heart and was my lifelong dream.

Some people discouraged me. I’ll never forget when a European ambassador to Ghana said “my own daughter won’t even dream of Harvard…. it’s young and foolish for an African boy to dream of going to Harvard” and offered to help me get into schools in Europe, instead. I cried that day.

Fast forward to December 15, 2005, I get an email at 6:11 pm EST from Dean Fitzsimmons telling me that the young and foolish African boy was accepted into Harvard College with a full scholarship. Harvard was the greatest experience of my life. I love the school and I’m grateful for all she has done for me.

Today, I am so honoured to have been elected a Director of Harvard University’s HAA!!!

Thank YOU to ALL of you who voted for me for your trust and support. I will work my hardest to serve you and to ensure that Harvard becomes a more inclusive community.

Here’s to being a young and foolish African boy whose God never fails!!

Congratulations to Sangu for this fabulous achievement.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

GHANA NIE : A LOCAL GOODS FAIR

CALL TO ALL VENDORS

Are you an entrepreneur creating “made in Ghana” products?


Dziffa.com by FOG Alumni Dziffa Akua Ametam invites you to join us at GHANA NIE, a local goods fair and outlet for producers of local food, clothing, homeware and natural beauty products to expand their reach, and introduce customers to quality goods.

Interested in selling your products at GHANA NIE? Register here: www.bit.ly/ghananie-reg

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL CAMPAIGN PROJECT

Food for All Africa programme in partnership with the Food Donors Bill Implementation Committee wishes to invite you to the official launch of the National Food Donors Encouragement Bill Campaign

The National Food Donors Encouragement Bill is a  two years national advocacy project aimed at soliciting  public, private and civil stakeholder  participation and support towards the framework and development of a bill for parliamentary approval which will address the creation of efficiency and stakeholder collaboration in reducing food waste and hunger in Ghana through food donation.

The purpose of the launch is to unveil the activities line up for the project and solicit for stakeholders suggestions towards the project. It’s going to be a one and half hour’s programme.

In this regard, you are kindly invited to the programme, scheduled as follows:

Date          :        Thursday, 15th June, 2017

Venue : Christ the King Hall, opp.Flagstaff house Accra

Time : 10:00 am

Theme: Ghana’s shared responsibility to end hunger.

RSVP: 0247223821/info@foodforallafrica.org/food4all.ghana@gmail.com

 

NB: The programme starts at 10:00am prompt

FROM GHANA MULTIMEDIA CENTER (ACCRA) TO SILICON VALLEY (CALIFORNIA)

On April 17, 2017 the Founder and CEO of ecampus LLC , Cecil S. Nutakor presented an idea to address climate change at the Global Impact Challenge West Africa held in Lagos, Nigeria. Out of hundreds of applicants he made it to the final 10 contenders as the only Ghanaian. This year, applicants were to develop and launch a startup company around a moonshot idea that addresses climate change.

They demonstrated ‘eCampus For Climate Change’ idea, which is to use technology ’, with virtual augmented reality to influence behavior, change attitudes and safe the planet. After several hours and rounds of pitching and defending, we emerged as winners of the competition securing full sponsorship to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University.

The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, and will be held on the SU campus at NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s largest technology corporations and thousands of technology-related companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google, Uber etc. We are grateful to the organizers, our team, our users, and supporters for their continuous belief in eCampus. We believe this is a win for Ghana and Africa as a whole, to showcase what we can offer on a global scale.

Therefore, they would humbly like to ask for the support of Ghanaians as we embark on our journey to Silicon Valley. After winning the competition the CEO had this to say “I strongly believe everything is possible in the Universe, but with everything it has to be in perspective. I would like to put it this way; the world is made up of humans, animals, vegetation, structures and systems. Each of these elements of the world has their own challenges, but although our struggles are singular our destiny is shared. If that is true, then I believe I can change my own world by addressing my immediate problems. Hopefully that will influence the next person, and the next person. So therefore, I will be able to change the world, as we know it. ”

Stormzy makes £9,000 donation so British born Ghanaian Fiona Asiedu can do Masters at Harvard…

Stormzy made a £9,000 donation to a British born Ghanaian student’s crowdfunding campaign so she can study a Masters in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, starting August 2017!

Fiona Asiedu, who is currently preparing for her finals at Oxford university, was aiming to raise £12,000 to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.

On the Crowdfunder page she wrote that she was “particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds“.

She added: “Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.”

The total cost of her nine months at Harvard totalled £59,000, but Asiedu received an external scholarship and financial aid from the department she will study in, which left her to set up the campaign to raise the remaining £12,000 in four weeks.

But it took her less than 24 hours to meet her target, after Stormzy retweeted an appeal to him to share the campaign before adding a donation himself.

Representatives for the grime MC confirmed to Newsbeat that the donation -which was initially made under his real name, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo – was from Stormzy. His name has since been changed to be anonymous.

A supporter tweeted to Stormzy offering to take him to Nando’s for a “thank you chicken”, to which he replied: “Deal!”

 

Asiedu was vice-president of Oxford Universty’s African and Carribean Society last year, which Stormzy visited in March 2016.

In a tweet stating that she had met her target, Asiedu cited one of Stormzy’s lyrics (“Blinded by your grace”) and shared a screenshot of the £12,000 marker.

As the fundraising deadline finishes in June, Fiona is continuing her campaign to raise funds as surplus funds be used to fund other young people from similar background’s pursuit in Education as Fiona is now setting up a Foundation

Click Here to visit Fiona’s crowdfunding page to learn more and make a donation towards the Foundation

 

 

OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS THE AFRICA OF 2063 HAS STARTED… THE AFRICA WE WANT

This year Africa Dialogues Conference is set to happen in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Accra International Conference Center (AICC).

Africa Dialogues focuses on issues relevant to Africa’s achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and ECOWAS’ Agenda 2063. Themed “Dreams We Dare Not”, the 2017 inaugural Africa Dialogues event will feature talks on governance and human rights, education, youth unemployment, infrastructure, public health, gender, income inequality, African economies, and urban development. The event will congregate policy makers, innovative business leaders, accomplished academics, civil society leaders and distinguished individuals from Africa, to dialogue on Africa’s future.

Describing the aspirations of the new event, Emmanuel Leslie Addae, Curator, Africa Dialogues Conference said, “The Africa Dialogues platform endeavors to move beyond raising awareness about the challenges facing Africa by highlighting innovative thinking and promoting those working to positively impact Africa. It’s about the Africa we all want to see hence our tagline, “The Africa we Want.”

Mr Addae added, “We hope conference attendees will leave with a sense of excitement and purpose regarding the continent and its role in the world. Importantly, in the spirit of this year’s theme, DREAMS WE DARE NOT, we expect anyone who watches Africa Dialogues to discover new opportunities and inspiration to dream big and drive Africa’s future. Watch out for upcoming events in other African cities.”

Providing further information about the maiden event, Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo, Head of Communications and External Relations, Africa Dialogues Conference, said, the event will be held at the Accra International Conference Center on June 3, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm, with participants drawn from across Africa and Ghana. She further added, “Africa Dialogues is a unique, first-of-its-kind event worth supporting. I call on corporations and non-governmental organizations interested in the progress of Africa, to support this venture.”